Phnom Penh sights, what to see

You should frankly say that Phnom Penh is not the center of tourist attractions. Rare tourist leaves here purposefully to explore a few local sights. Most tourists stay here for a while on the way to other resorts and attractions of Cambodia. However, in Phnom Penh there are sights you will not see anywhere else. In addition to the ancient temples, the Royal Palace and the old buildings here you can touch the recent history of Cambodia only then you will be able to visit the genocide Museum in a former prison, which lost untold number of victims of the Pol Pot regime and the Khmer Rouge, to visit the killing fieldswhere they were buried the remains of many victims. But it would seem the most common for Asian attractions such as temples, pagodas and palaces here are not like in the rest of Asia: we can say that they are more exotic and weird. The latter, of course, in the best sense of the word, ie more natural and not trampled by tourists. Here's an overview of the attractions of Phnom Penh, which we believe it is necessary to visit, opening hours, entrance fee and how to get to the attractions.

The killing fields (The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek)

Поля смерти

This "attraction" is one of the landmarks of the city, and a must for all visitors to Phnom Penh. Attraction in quotes because it does not raise a hand to call this place a regular attraction. It is a Museum of grief and memory of the dead buried on the site of a former Chinese cemetery, which the Khmer Rouge massacred during his four-year reign of terror. Basically, it was hidden in the ground prisoners of Tuol Sleng. In memory of the victims of the genocide and a reminder of the horrors of what happened here he built a Museum.

The Museum is located on the territory of the cemetery and the fields, where in 1979 the remains were found of victims. Exposition of the Museum is not very diverse and consists mainly of remains of victims, the remnants of their clothing, murder weapons and torture, so don't expect too much from the visit. The Buddhist stupa, erected in the middle of the Museum, is more than 8,000 human skulls of victims. In a small building are photos and stories of some victims and the murder weapon. There you can watch a short documentary about the Khmer Rouge. In the Museum there are several souvenir shops.

Entrance fee / ticket price: $ 5

Working time: from 8:00 to 17:00

How to get there: the killing Fields located 17 kilometers from the city center, and you can get there by taxi or tuk-tuk. The cost of travel there and back by tuk-tuk will cost about 8-15 dollars (per trip, not per person) depending on your ability to bargain. See the situation of the killing fields on a map of Phnom Penh

The genocide Museum (Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or S-21 Prison)

Музей геноцида

The genocide Museum is well worth a visit, and better to do it before visiting "the killing Fields". The Museum is located in the building of the prison Tuol Sleng (Tuol Sleng), also called S-21. To the prison, the building was a school, but with the advent of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh in 1975, the school was closed down and made the building a prison for "enemies of the people". The conditions here were horrible, the prisoners were subjected to incredible torture and confessed all that. In the end, those who confessed were taken away to the killing Fields and killed there. Victims of the prison became more than 14,000 people, living from its work there were only 8 people.

In prison, but as it is, you will see many photographs and illustrations, tells about the victims and the atrocities which occurred here.

Hours: Official hours from 8:00 to 11:30 and 14:30 to 17:30, but in practice the Museum can open especially for you at any time of the day.

Entrance fee / ticket price: entrance fee $ 2, for the use of video camera - $ 5

How to get there:the address of the genocide Museum Street 113, Boeng Keng Kang 3, Chamkar Morn. See the position of the genocide Museum on the map

The Royal Palace (The Royal Palace)

Королевский дворец

One of the most significant locations in Phnom Penh and undoubtedly one of the must-visit. The complex of the Royal Palace was built in 1866 and rebuilt in 1913, and to date is the current residence of the king of Cambodia. In the complex are the Throne hall, the elephant pavilion, pavilion of Chan Tea, the Villa of Napoleon III, Silver pagoda, Royal gardens and much more. Here as in the Royal Palace of Bangkok is "the Temple of the emerald Buddha" statue carved from a solid piece of emerald.

It is best to visit the Royal Palace in the morning, when it's not too hot. Keep in mind that the approach to the Royal Palace, tuktuk drivers will offer you their services assuring that the Royal Palace does not work. Most often it is a trick, so don't believe them, yet do not check. To visit the Palace can only be appropriately dressed: no shorts, short skirts and t-shirts. If you come to the Palace in improper form, you will be asked to rent a sarong or large t-shirt for a nominal fee. In some buildings, including the "Silver pagoda", the photograph is prohibited.

Working time: from 7:30 to 11:00 and from 14:30 to 17:00

Entrance fee / ticket price: $ 6

How to get there: See the situation of the Royal Palace on the map

National Museum of Cambodia (The National Museum of Cambodia)

Национальный музей Камбоджи

The national Museum contains the world's largest collection of centuries-old Khmer art. It is the largest Museum in Cambodia. Here are many historical and ethnographic collection, sample traditional Khmer crafts and art. Among them are many sculptures, bronze ware, and ceramics. Here also are stored many relics discovered during the excavations of the temple complex of Angkor. In the collection of the Museum has over 14,000 items.

Take pictures and make a video inside the Museum is prohibited, you can only do it outside in the beautiful courtyard of the Museum.

Working time: from 8:00 to 17:00

Entrance fee / ticket price: $ 3. For the use camera $ 3, for the use of the camera is 1 dollar

How to get there: See the position of the national Museum on the map

Wat Phnom (Wat Phnom, Temple of the Mountains or Mountain Pagoda)

The temple is situated in the middle of a small Park on top of a hill. This is the highest religious building, and the name of the temple is translated: "Temple on the hill." The temple is a magnificent building and impressive architecture, but the ego of the historical value is very high. According to legend it was from this hill, began the history of the city when a nun named Stump caught floating down the Mekong river four Buddha statues and built for them the hill. Pagoda on the hill was built in 1373.

Interestingly, not only the temple, but the Park around it. It is very popular among locals here live monkeys, which you certainly would steal unattended things. So be careful. And here you can make a short ride on an elephant.

Working time: from 8:00 to 18:00

Entrance fee / ticket price: the entrance to the temple $ 1. Walk on elephant – $ 15

How to get there: See the position of Wat Phnom on the map

The temple of the blooming Lotus (Wat Botum Vathey, Temple of the Lotus Blossoms)

Вход в храм цветущего лотоса

This is a very old (built in 1442) and very significant for the people of Cambodia temple. During the construction of the temple was named Wat Tayawng, and its present name has received in 1860 from the original site of the temple located on a small island in the middle of the Lotus lake where it was moved during the reconstruction. The temple has a very original and interesting architecture. The ashes of members of the Royal family, politicians and famous people of the city buried in the stupas in the temple. Opposite the temple is the Wat Botum Park, which has several interesting sculptures, including the monument of friendship between the peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Working time: from 7:00 to 18:00

Entrance fee / ticket price: no information

How to get there: See the position of the temple of the blooming Lotus on the map

The riverfront (Sisowath Quay or Riverside)

The waterfront is very attractive and most popular among tourists place for evening, and day, too, walking. There is an embankment in the city centre on the banks of the rivers Mekong and Tonle SAP (Tonle Sap). A wide sidewalk along the river extends about one kilometer from the Royal Palace and decorated with palm trees and green lawns, are equipped with benches. Across the road from the waterfront is the most popular tourist area of riverside where there are many cafes, restaurants, hotels. When you search for hotels in Phnom Penh, it makes sense to choose it closer to the waterfront.

It was considered one of the safest, but in recent years it began to happen attacks on tourists with violence, pickpocketing.

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee / ticket price: free

How to get there: See the position of the promenade on a map of Phnom Penh

Independence monument (Independence Monument)

Монумент независимости Panoramic photo

Independence monument built in 50 years to commemorate the liberation from French rule in November 1953. The monument is located on a round platform in the center ring road, and resembles the shape of a Lotus flower. Ambitious from the point of view of the architecture of the monument will not name, but if time allows, walk up to him at night when it is very beautifully illuminated. See our panoramic photo 360° "independence Monument".

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee / ticket price: free

How to get there: See the "Monument of independence" on the map of Phnom Penh

The monument of friendship of Cambodia and Vietnam (The Cambodian-Vietnamese Friendship Monument)

Монумент дружбы Камбоджи и Вьетнама

This monument was built in the late 70's as a sign of friendship between the Nations after Vietnamese troops helped to overcome the Khmer Rouge, headed by Pol pot. Architectural monument is nothing special in itself is not and will certainly seek to see him, if the time in Phnom Penh you have limited, and possibly not worth it.

Hours: around the clock

Entrance fee / ticket price: free

How to get there: the Monument of friendship of Cambodia and Vietnam is a short walk from the "Royal Palace". See the position of the monument on the map

Main market (Central Market, also Psar Thmei)

Главный рынок

The market is famous not only for the fact that you can buy anything there, but is known for its unusual architecture. Can be referred the market to the architectural attractions of Phnom Penh and visit it at least not for shopping but to see and photograph. If you want to buy something, then this is a great place to buy serious jewelry, Souvenirs, electronics, clothing at low prices. The market is huge and has a complicated layout, its many rows of very easy to get confused. Prices for tourists are usually referred to as higher real and need to bargain.

Hours: almost all the markets of Phnom Penh opened with the sunrise and stop working with his approach. From 11:30 to 14:00 many stalls at the market closes for lunch.

Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

How to get there: See the position of the main market on a map of Phnom Penh.

Russian market (Russian market, also Psar Toul Tom Poung)

This market got its name in the 80 years of the twentieth century due to the large number of Russian buyers: in the 80s many Russians lived and worked in Phnom Penh and rushed to the market for scarce at home goods. Now you can buy everything you want like a tourist, and if you decide to go shopping in Phnom Penh, it is necessary to start with this market. Some tourists call this place "Shopping paradise on earth!!!", what do you mean "the shopper's Paradise on earth."

It is better to go not for an hour, a few hours or even half a day. Mandatory bargaining.

Hours: almost all the markets of Phnom Penh opened with the sunrise and stop working with his approach. From 11:30 to 14:00 many stalls at the market closes for lunch

Entrance fee / ticket price: free

How to get there: See the position of the Russian market on a map of Phnom Penh

The Temple As The "Royal Palace" (Wat Ounalom)

Храм «Оуналом»

This is the main Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh. The temple was built in 1443 to keep a hair from the eyebrow of Buddha, which to this day is kept there. It is both the residence of the Patriarch of one of the Buddhist sects Mahanikay (Mahanikai). Many monks of this temple were killed by the Khmer Rouge, and the temple is very much ruined. However, the Church was completely restored, just killed the monks will not return. Now the temple consists of 44 buildings, there is a marble Buddha, the walls are decorated with images from Buddha's life. It is also the Institute for the study of Buddhism.

Working time: from 6:00 to 18:00

Entrance fee / ticket price: free

How to get there: See the position of the temple on a map of Phnom Penh


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